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Bob Powell Anthology


Published August 12, 2004


Dedicated to the open source community.

Bob Powell Anthology is a collection of recordings by Bob Powell spanning over a 25 year period. Beginning in 1975 with "Mississippi Mud" and ending in 2001 with "A Day at the Races with I Claudius Rip Off Number One". Part 1 mastered by Tom Grimley 2001, Parts 2-5 mastered by Bob Powell in the years 1999-2002. There is no actual chronological order to the songs. They are merely arranged to paint a landscape of musical folklore.

"Bob is a wandering minstrel, and as our greedy time has harvested every attention, he's sneaking into neighboring backyards while we're sleeping, luring lucid dreamers to pasture. It may be years before he hops your fence, and longer still will his tales of irreversible loveliness shake your sealed windows and charm your fluffy warm blankets before you repent...but you must! This music will slip in and out of your indecision, ring true when the bells are tolling, and rest on your weary back as wings whilst you run with hastened resignation for the hills...and like a wandering minstrel, gone far too soon." Tom Grimley

"Bob Powell's Anthology may be one of the very best or very worst offerings in the Internet..." All About Jazz

"Bob’s music is weird and wonderful. Bite off a chunk at a time, though, as the sheer volume in the anthology can leave your head spinning." Unlikely Stories

"Bob Powell is one tripped-out guy. How do we know? All those echoes bouncing around and colliding in his songs, the non-sensical underwater lyrics, the feeling that his music sounds exactly like the moment when things start melting before your eyes when the trip really takes off. You could bury these tapes in a field and watch the mushrooms grow." - Kali H.

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Source Analog Tape>WAV>Flac
Run time 03:01:26
Label / Recorded by Bob Powell

Notes

Recorded on a Pioneer 1/4" 2-Track, Fostex X-15 4-Track, Tascam 246 Portastudio 4-Track, Sony TCS-580v, various portable cassette recorders, Tascam 58 1/2" 8-Track, Tascam 388 1/4" 8-Track, ADAT, Pro Tools, Cakewalk, Microsoft Sound Recorder, Acid Pro and Wave Lab. Digitized in Pro Tools, Wavelab and Sound Forge.

Bob Powell: Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Steel String Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Drum Machines, Samples, Wooden Boxes, Vocoder, Glass, Percussion & Noises.

Part One: Pretzel Head
P1T01-P1T13
Mastered by Tom Grimley 2001.
James Arlen Breeding: Second Vocal on tracks 10 & 12.
Bob Welch: Second Vocal on tracks 8 & 11.
Marcus Crane: Harmonica & Second Vocal on track 7.
Kathy Everson: Drums & Bass on track 13.
Dave Purdy: Chapman Stick & Percussion on track 13.
Lyrics to Dog written by Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
Lyrics to I'm Mad written by James Arlen Breeding.
Front cover photo of Julia by Tom Colgan.
Back cover photo taken in the photo booth at Al's Bar.

Part Two: Room 417
P2T01-P2T13
Mastered by Bob Powell 2002.
Kathy Everson: Guitars on track 10.
James Arlen Breeding: Second Voice on tracks 4, 7 & 11, Glass on track 4.
Dont Fear What You Cant See co-written with Kathy Everson.
Lyrics to Black Jack written by James Arlen Breeding.
Skunk inspired by & written for Suzi Gardner.
Front cover photo by Toni Wells. Sculpture of Bob's head by Lisa Hardin.

Part Three: Leftover Noodles
P3T01-P3T12
Mastered by Bob Powell 2002.
John Orloff: Lead Guitar on track 8.
Hey Boy written by Kathy Everson.
Pappys Happy co-written by Steve Scouten.
Billy (Cigarette Remix) by John Kleemola.
Front cover photo by Frederick Wallace Powell Jr.

Part Four: Pussywillow Patch
P4T01-P4T07
Mastered by Bob Powell 1999.
John Orloff: Lead Guitar & Background Vocals on tracks 4 & 5.
Korey Clarke: Drums on tracks 1, 2, 3 & 7.
Front cover photo by Tom Colgan.
Front cover design by Lucy Taylor.
Back cover photo by Tamara Friedman.

Part Five: Dreamscape of the Falcon
P5T01-P5T19
Soundtrack recorded by Bob Powell 1987.
Play written by Paul Peditto. Directed by Clive Greville.
Presented by Igloo the Theatrical Group and the Off-Off Loop Theatre Festival in Chicago 1987.
Hidden beneath the risers the soundtrack was played live by Bob Powell during performances.
Chicago Reader Review Off-Off Loop Theatre Festival
Chicago Tribune Review
Chicago Reader Review
Mastered, Re-Mastered 1987 and 2002 by Bob Powell.
Ann Boyle: Vocal on track 2.
Chris Peditto: Voice on tracks 5, 7, 10 & 19.
Maria Tirabassi: Voice on tracks 16 & 18.
Val Olney: voice on tracks 10 & 19.
News Flash from Chicago Tribune circa 1987.
Lyrics to Prisonier du Soliel and Dragon Fly written by Ann Boyle.
Lyrics to Heretic Song 3 written by Nostradamus.

P=Part
T=Track

Reviews

Reviewer: Le Strodomoncule - - November 17, 2005
Subject: A great wanderer
Hi all,

First, I have to thank you Bob for what you've done. Really impressive music, i had a great trip into your mind and when I came out of this hell, I feel great. My mp3 player as been violated by your music.
It really helps others free artists who made share-arts to feel something good is happening in the free art! This is real music for indepedant mind and open-wide people.

P.S. Excuse me for the bad english, i'm french hehe.

... I'll surely make a kid on «Axe murderer»! Weirdo!
Reviewer: alcal - - August 5, 2005
Subject: bosh
monotony, sick monotony!
Reviewer: Meister H. - - March 11, 2005
Subject: Damned
Listening Bob Powell is like making a journey through the clouds of mind, it's just like having a spiritual elevation. Seriously, I LOVE THIS MUSIC, it's weird, speaking with heart, it's great music, wich can have 5 stars, but makes us see more than 5 stars...

(sorry for my bad english, but i'm french :-P )

PS: For those who don't like this music, "Dont fear what you can't see" (or understand, because you are too mind-oriented)
Reviewer: Meister H. - - March 11, 2005
Subject: Damned
Listening Bob Powell is like making a journey through the clouds of mind, it's just like having a spiritual elevation. Seriously, I LOVE THIS MUSIC, it's weird, speaking with heart, it's great music, wich can have 5 stars, but makes us see more than 5 stars...

(sorry for my bad english, but i'm french :-P )

PS: For those who don't like this music, "Dont fear what you can't see" (or understand, because you are too mind-oriented)
Reviewer: AdDM - - January 26, 2005
Subject: Hi-quality krap
ok, sound-quality is krap, vocals are pretty krappy most times, its not particulary good, or even very interesting musically, werent it for the fact that in a weird way it IS really good. Some superb gems in there that grow on you quite rapidly, like sterling silver, everybody thinks im crazy, babywinged butterfly. The sheer amount of tracks make it impossible to digest as a whole, but its fun just browsing thru the anthology. Hi-quality krap, just the way i like it!
Reviewer: Chris Barry - - November 19, 2004
Subject: Worthless Crap
That anyone would actually record this crap and expect others to listen to it seems absurd to me. To then quote Burroughs in his defense shows that this guy thinks an awful lot of himself. I swear, the next thing released will be a recording of him snoring, with a brilliantly constructed collage of garbage disposal, doorbell and dentist drill. The sychophants who rave about this crap would sit and listen to an hour of it and proclaim it to be a masterpiece. Why anyone would waste a moment of thier time with this is a mystery to me. I think they must feel that it makes them oh so cutting-edge and artsy. If I could give this thing negative stars, I would, but unfortunately, 1 is the lowest allowed.
Reviewer: bt - - October 25, 2004
Subject: It's all over the place, but beautiful
Some surprisingly fine songwriting and pretty wild arrangements for a lo-fi hom recording setup. This is an unbelievably huge project, so I'd recommend biting off a little piece at a time to see if you like the taste.

Unlike my fellow reviewer, this is why I treasure the Archive.
Reviewer: bob_powell - - August 23, 2004
Subject: re: richard.ca critique
When speaking of many critics' responses to his writing, Burroughs said, "'Nihilism, unrelieved despair and negation, misanthropy, pessimism'-very much the same set of cliches that greeted Louis Ferdinand Celine's Journey to the End of the Night..."
(These five stars are dedicated to richard.ca)
Reviewer: richard.ca - - August 21, 2004
Subject: bob powell anthology
Another piece of junk.
why do you let stuff like this go into your
archives.
50 years from now somebody will think we were nuts.
Star rating should be -10
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